Kim Jong Un told the world this month that North Korea took steps to stop making nuclear weapons in 2018, a shift from his earlier public statements. The evidence shows production has continued, and possibly expanded.
While you spent the holidays streaming "Bird Box," "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" and/or re-watching "The Office" for the hundredth time, Netflix was playing out a corporate drama of its own-poaching Activision Blizzard Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann to be its new CFO.
Eddie Lampert is struggling to convince bankers for Sears Holdings Corp. that his bid to keep the retailer alive is adequate. But he'll have a little more time to try.
Bruce Buchanan was so elated with Donald Trump's October vow to allow higher sales of corn-based ethanol that he carved a huge thank-you note in his Indiana cornfield. Now, though, the president's actions have him worried. The government shutdown that Trump says could last "a long time" without funding for a border wall may hurt farmers by delaying the administration's ability to steer through the approval for year-round sales of a 15 percent ethanol blend for gasoline before the summer begins. That's up from 10 percent allowed now.
China is back in the market for U.S. soybeans after taking a holiday break, just as Washington and Beijing plan more trade discussions. On Wednesday, Jan. 2, Cofco Corp., China's top food company, was asking for prices, according to four traders familiar with the process, who asked not to be identified because talks are private. The inquiries were for February and March delivery, three of the traders said. Futures rose 1.3 percent in Chicago Wednesday and headed for a second day of gains Thursday.
Oil prices rallied on the first trading day of 2019 as U.S. equities recovered from early losses and amid signs that Middle Eastern producers were fulfilling a pledge to cut exports. Futures picked up where they had left off in a volatile 2018, with global benchmark Brent crude climbing 5 percent to top $56 a barrel in a mid-morning surge. West Texas Intermediate oil jumped as well, erasing earlier losses brought on by disappointing manufacturing data out of China. The S&P 500 Index was little changed, reversing an early 1.6 percent drop.
This year's Oscar race is one of the most wide open in recent memory, giving some big-studio blockbusters a shot at the best-picture crown after years of victories by indie darlings. Gold Derby, which tracks the Academy Awards race, lists six films at 10-1 or better, based on picks by critics. "A Star Is Born," the drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, is favored by 21 of 30 at the website. But they lack conviction, putting the odds at 13-2, a hair above "Roma," director Alfonso Cuaron's tribute to his childhood in Mexico, at 15-2.
Jim Pattison roars through rural Saskatchewan in his silver pickup truck, barreling down the prairie road that runs arrow-straight to the horizon. Tossed into the back seat is a sleeping bag and crimson pillow-the unlikely berth for Canada's self-made billionaire when he can't find a motel. Observing the speed limit appears optional, using the turn signal an afterthought. Not that there's much in the way of obstacles-only shimmering fields of wheat stretching across a terrain so flat that if you lost your dog, as the saying goes, you could watch it run away for three days.
A turbulent year is coming to a close in Washington with the 10th day of a partial federal government shutdown and no signs of progress toward a spending deal that President Donald Trump would be willing to sign. Nancy Pelosi is set to reclaim the speaker's gavel on Thursday, Jan. 3, when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. Her first order of business is expected to be passing a bill to fund the federal departments that are closed, without providing extra resources for Trump's border wall.
Just when US farmers thought they were catching a break with a second round of federal aid, now there's concern the impasse in Washington could hamper payments.